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The poisonous history of chemotherapy

The poisonous history of chemotherapy

On 2 December 1943, German forces attacked the Italian port town of Bari. The onslaught cost at least 1,000 lives and sunk 17 ships. One was carrying 2,000 bombs loaded with deadly mustard gas. The gas — which was actually in liquid form — mixed with oil from the sinking tankers to create a deadly slick that clung to sailors’ skin as they swam to safety.

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